Why might it take so long to see the final result for ptosis surgery?

I heard some doctors on Realself said it may take up to 6 months to see the final result? Why is this the case? Is it because swelling may take this long to go away or what?

Doctor Answers 2

Ptosis Surgery Recovery

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

After surgery, the healing process can take quite a while, mostly because of post-operative inflammation and resultant edema. Everyone is different, but on average, it can take 3-6 months for all of the swelling to resolve and for there to be an accurate assessment of final position. Generally, if after 3 months the position has not changed, it is unlikely to improve and at that stage, it would be appropriate to discuss revision. Scars can remodel up to a year from surgery, so earlier intervention for those is generally not appropriate. 

New Haven Oculoplastic Surgeon

This is basically accurate.

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

The actual time frame depends on many factors including the precise nature of the ptosis surgery you are likely to need.  Posterior ptosis repair (Mullerectomy) heals faster than an anterior ptosis surgery.  Unfortunately posterior ptosis surgery is not right for all patients.  Your potential ptosis surgery will determine which of these surgeries are best for you.  Please let us know how things go.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.